Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair

September 17, 2017

SMMC Private School Fair

If you're a Marin County parent looking into private schools for your children, make sure you plan on visiting the fifth annual Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair, which takes place at Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley on Tuesday, October 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Most private, parochial, and charter schools in southern and central Marin will be represented at this event.

Hike, Bike, and Ride at Novato's O'Hair Park

September 16, 2017

O'Hair Park Novato

At the west end of Novato is one of Marin's outdoor gems—O'Hair Park. Sharing space with the Dogbone Meadow dog park and Morning Star Farm equestrian center, the 100-acre O'Hair Park is a great place for a family bike ride, hike or off-road stroller.

Head into the park on the Reuben Kaehler Memorial Trail, which forms an easy loop of approximately two miles. Novato Creek parellels much of the trail, and it's fun to clamber down to the creekside to look for little fish and water bugs while you're on your hike. The trail climbs gently uphill into a bay laurel forest, down into a grassy meadow, and then again into a forest.

Marin Weekend Family Fun for September 15–17

September 15, 2017

Family fun awaits this weekend at Mill Valley's 61st annual Fall Arts Festival in Old Mill Park.

Try one of our 5 fantastic fall Marin hikes with your family this weekend!

Friday, September 15

  • Just Between Friends Kids Consignment Sale
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 9 am–8 pm, Saturday, 9 am–3 pm and Sunday, 9 am–2 pm
    Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals. Location: Grace Pavilion, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Storytime (L'Heure du Conte)
    San Anselmo Library
    Friday, 11–11:30 am

    For children of all ages and their parent or caregiver. Talk, sing, read, and play together. Share books, stories, rhymes, music in French. No registration required. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during all storytime sessions. Free. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Circus Vargas
    Friday, 4:30 & 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1, 4 & 7:30 pm

    Circus Vargas presents its new 2017 spectacular SteamCirque! Come on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Tickets: $17–$72; under 2 free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movies in the Park: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 8 pm
    This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! Free. Location: 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, September 16

  • GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 8 am–6 pm

    The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Sonoma Raceway for the epic series finale to the 2017 racing schedule. Fun for the entire family. Here is the schedule for kids events. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend. For more info, visit their website.

  • California Coastal Cleanup Day
    Various Marin locations
    Saturday, 9 am–noon

    On the third Saturday of every September volunteers all over the world converge on beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up trash and remove dangerous debris. Considered the largest marine-related volunteer event in the world, Coastal Cleanup Day is a wonderful opportunity to lend a hand and make a significant difference. There are over 35 sites in Marin to choose from. Check the list here.
  • San Marin Garage Sale
    Saturday, 9 am–1 pm

    Shop 'til you drop at the big multi-family garage sale in Novato's San Marin neighborhood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Zumba at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10 am

    We take the 'work' out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burnin g dance fitness party on the lawn. Location: Community Center on the lawn triangle behind the Center at 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
    Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The 61st Annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival will showcase over 140 fine artists from all across the country and offer live music and children’s entertainment under the redwoods. The juried works include prints, jewelry, paintings, woodwork, photography, and sculpture. See full schedule here. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, free for kids under 12. Location: Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave and Old Mill Street. For more info, visit their website.
  • Junior Chef Classes:  Pancake Party Benefiting No Kid Hungry
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am

    Let’s cook some pancakes! We’ll show you everything you need to know so you can make tasty pancakes for your family and friends, served with your favorite toppings. What could be better on the morning after a sleepover? All of the proceeds from this class will be donated to No Kid Hungry as they work to end childhood hunger in America. Cost: $5 donation per child. For more ages 8–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open Cockpit Weekend: Public Heroes Weekend
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Look inside these vintage aircraft, and learn about their history from the crews who have lovingly restored them. You may climb aboard selected aircraft this weekend and sit in the pilot's seat! Come and take a look at some of the aircraft that make it possible for us to live our lives in great safety and confidence, knowing that when the worst happens a competent and dedicated aviator can be on hand within minutes to help us. Free after museum admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Family-Friendly Bike Ride
    Presidio Visitor Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 10–11:30 am

    Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that's fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8+. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Program: California Natives: Plants and People
    UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
    Saturday, 10–11 am

    Bring the whole family for a guided tour.. Our walk on the "Indian Trail" will explore the creative ways California Indians have used native plants in their everyday lives for food, shelter, tools, fiber, medicine, even music, toys and games. At the end, we'll make a cattail cordage bracelet to take home.  $15 Adult,  $12 Child,  $10 Member Adult,  $8 Member Child (must have Family Membership level or above). Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • ZOOtoberfest 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Live Music Performances from 11:00 pm to 3:00 pm Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Location: For more info, visit their website.
  • Musical Storytime with Miss Melissa
    Copperfield's Books, Novato
    Saturday, 10:30–11am

    This is musical family fun for babies, kids and grown ups, too! Bring the crew! Come on down to Copperfield's Books and shake it up with local children's musician and Kidnermusik educator, Miss Melissa Ayotte, as she shares songs, stories and sign language. Location: 999 Grant Avenue, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
    The Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

    Straight from a hit run in New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight you with a magical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable lepidoptera himself, brought to life in vibrant color with puppets galore! Recommended for age 3 and up, this performance runs 65 minutes with no intermission. Tickets: adults $26, child (2–14) $20 and senior $24. Purchase tickets here. Location: 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Family Open House
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am

    In their wildly interactive shows for children and families, silly six-piece band Your Song My Song sings you through watery adventures, recycling kid revolutionaries, classic children's books, jungle expeditions, and deep sea dives! Instrument petting zoo. Free admisson. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • American Indian 50th Anniversary Trade Feast
    Miwok Park, Novato
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. Featured activities: Inter-tribal Pomo Dance Group, “Red Voice Drum” Drumming & Singing, “Kalpulli Anahuak” Aztec Dancers, children’s activities/native story telling, hoop dancing and much more. Free admission. Location: 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Princesses Wear Pants Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    In their debut children's picture book, Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for a savvy, imaginative story that celebrates fashion and girl power. Join the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple as she finds a clever way to get the job done while staying true to herself. Activities to follow. Location: Town Center Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sumo Champions Exhibition
    Japantown Peace Plaze, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, noon–5 pm

    Learn about the ancient Japanese tradition of Sumo and watch live matches at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Meet Sumo wrestlers in person at a meet-and-greet at 5 pm. Free. Location: Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nike Missile Site Open House
    Marin Headlands, Sausalito
    Saturday, 12:30–3:30 pm

    Unique in the National Park Service, this restored Cold War anti-aircraft missile site has intriguing stories to tell. Take a ranger-guided tour of this restored facility, and learn about its history from volunteers, many of whom served at sites like. Free. Read about our visit here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Young Performers Theatre: Sleeping Beauty
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 & 4:30 pm, Sunday, 11 am & 2:30 pm

    This classic fairytale is performed by kids for kids and is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $12. Location: Fort Mason Center, Building C, Room 300, San Francisco. For more info, call (415) 346-5550 or visit their website.
  • Family Maker Saturdays: Kinetic Sand!
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2–4:30 pm
    Kinetic sand is fun to play with but is also great for developing fine motor skills, creative thinking and pre-writing skills. It can also promote calm! Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
    Presidio, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 2–5 pm
    Bring a blanket and enjoy an outdoor performance of a beloved favorite. This year the SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and presents Hamlet for the first time. Location: Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Comics Fest Event
    Belvedere Tiburon Library, Founders Room
    Saturday, 2:30–4 pm

    Come and meet Authors and comic artists, Lily Williams (If Sharks Disappeared, 2017) and Amy Martin, a cartoonist, illustrator, and children's librarian living in Oakland, California. Please note: content in this presentation may not be appropriate for children under 10 years old. Location: 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. For more info, call (415) 789-2665 or visit their website.
  • Free Movies on the Green: Disney's Cars 3
    Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

    Sunday, 3 pm
    Bring a blanket and join us on Weill Lawn as we screen Disney’s newest smash hit Cars 3! Location: 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. Weill Hall and Lawn. For more info, visit their website.

Fall and Winter Family Programs in the Marin Headlands from NatureBridge

September 14, 2017

NatureBridge, which organizes Coastal Camp, a summer day camp for kids in kindergarten through ninth grade, also offers organized family programs at the Marin Headlands. Monthly programs include night hikes, campfires, and more. Here's what NatureBridge has to offer for families this fall and winter.

Evening programs feature an educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands followed by fun around the campfire including s'more roasting, campfire skits, and fun sing-alongs. Visit or call (415) 332-5771 for more information and to register for programs, which often sell out way in advance.

Hike the Headlands
September 24, 10 am–2 pm

Hike the Headlands is an exciting day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Discover the Headlands with a NatureBridge educator and engage in hands-on science activities in the learning labs. There will be live music, delicious food, arts, crafts, and inspiring hikes! $25 per adult; $12 per child (4–17 years old); $65 per family (2 adults and 2 children). Register here.

Ballet Classes for Kids in Marin

September 12, 2017

 Photo courtesy: The Joy of Dance Ballet School

Looking for a ballet class in Marin for your kiddos? Here is our list of local ballet classes throughout Marin County for kids of all ages. New ballet classes start for fall in September, but usually you can join in any time. Some classes start as young as a year and a half, so there's no excuse for not getting the kiddos dancing at an early age!

  • The Joy of Dance Ballet School
    Joy of Dance Ballet offers dance classes for children and adults of all ages and dance ability. Classes start with the earliest ballet class (ages 2.5 years) and go primary ballet (ages 11 and up). Locations: Private and group lessons at Harmonia in Sausalito as well as group dance classes within several Marin/SF Schools. For more information, call (415) 812-4821 or visit their website.
  • Love2Dance

    Love2Dance offers ballet classes for ages 2 and up. From Little Feet Ballet for the younger ones to Intermediate-Advanced ballet for the older kids. Location: 830 Sweetser Ave. Suite A, Novato. For more info, call (415) 898-3933 or visit their websie.

5 Fantastic Fall Family Hikes in Marin

September 12, 2017

Fall offers some of the finest weather of the year in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area, so make sure you take some time to hit the trail and take in a hike before the weather turns cold and wet. The coastal areas in Northern California are particularly nice in the fall, and are often warmer and clearer than inland. (Photo: Rush Creek, Novato)

North Bay's Largest Children's and Maternity Consignment Sale this Weekend!

September 11, 2017

Come shop until you drop at this weekend's North Bay Just Between Friends Mega Children's Sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa. Taking place today, Thursday, September 14 through 17, 2017, Just Between Friends is the North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment event.

Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. You'll save 30–90% off retail prices on tons of gently used and even new items. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals.

Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity, and Social Cruelty in Childhood

September 11, 2017

Mt Tam Speaker Series

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley.

Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley is excited to present its first Bringing It Home Parent Education Speaker Series event with Michael Thompson’s talk: Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity, and Social Cruelty in Childhood. Mr. Thompson’s talk is open to the public. Please join us on Tuesday, September 26 from 7–8:30 pm on our campus in Summit Hall.

Apple Walnut Bread is Delicious and Easy to Make

September 10, 2017

In the late summer we love to go apple picking at farms in Marin and Sonoma County. It's so much fun to choose and pick your own fruit, but sometimes you end up with more apples than you know what to do with. I've been trying to figure out different creative ways to use apples, since I hate to see any go to waste.

Fresh-baked apple walnut bread is delicious, easy to make and a great way to use up extra apples. It also makes the house smell amazing while it's baking. It's good as part of breakfast, as a snack, or even dessert. My kids love to get a slice in their lunchboxes, too.


  • 1-1/2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
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